My favourite artists are the ones that mix
theatricality with insight.
Artists like Lautrec and Schiele, Carravagio and Rembrandt, Kollwitz
and Freud. In each case they find profound realities in depicting very
ordinary people in extraordinary situations of real life. Australian art has a much smaller tradition of cosmopolitan city based art than Europe, yet here the theatricality of the cosmopolis is that much starker for its contrast with the vastness of the outdoors so close by.
The theatre that is my inspiration is Kings Cross in Sydney, Australia. This is an area where the extraordinary is normal, and the Australian bohemian spirit lives on. Australian artists usually find inspiration in the bush. My art is Australian art, yet the inspiration is the heart of the city. My name is Tony Johansen, although I sign my paintings TonyJohansen.com, a sign of the times. Welcome to my life in art.
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